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Police officers reported for drugs 2016 to 2020 (668A/21)

Request

  1. How many police officers have been reported for drug offences for each year 2016-20?
  2. How many police officers have been dismissed for drug offences for each year 2016-20?
  3. How many police officers have been arrested for drug offences for each year 2016-20? As an extra – if possible within compliance limits – Can you provide any details of the outcome of that arrest?
  4. Can you provide any details that you have in place to ensure an impartial response when police officers are reported for drug offences?

Response

Please find enclosed our response:

Question 1,2,3

2016 – 1 officer reported, dismissed, arrested

2017 – 1 officer reported, dismissed, arrested

2018 – none

2019 – none

2020 – 1 officer reported, dismissed, arrested

Reported means a person who has been summons/charged to court.

Question 4

Police officers are subject to criminal laws as any member of the public. Where evidence of a drug offence is reported, a criminal investigation would be completed.

Further to this, police officers are also subject to Police Regulations, which determine how police officers should be dealt with for misconduct.

In general, police officers found guilty of possession of a controlled drug would be dismissed (however, there may be cases with extreme mitigation that could result in a different outcome).

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